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Because Some Children Just Don’t Play Well With Others…

Hello all. First I want to say that this blog has accumulated a following that I am proud of. It has gained a global reach and I thank each and every one of you for stopping by to see what is on my mind. I hope I have entertained you and will continue to bring you fresh ideas, viewpoints, and silliness that will lighten your load each day. Now…I HATE the secret word thingy that people have to fill in to ...

Please reverse my meal !

Am I being unreasonable? – answers on a postcard, please… I paid six grand for this cruise on what is described as a 5 star boat, so I think that I am entitles to at least a reasonable standard of cuisine! To illustrate the problem, after a meal the previous night which comprised a chicken salad, followed by chicken soup followed by chicken and chips, one of my fellow passengers was heard to ask “What kind of chicken are we having tonight?” To add ...

Eating Life Raw - You Tube Tuesday

I'm doing something a little different today. I've decided to participate in You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at It’s Tiger Time This is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Please remember to leave your link on his site in the linky-tool so that we can all visit your blog. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with ...

Whirling Dervishes

We entered a cave and passed through a tunnel that opened into a theater carved from rock. The blistering heat of the day couldn’t reach through tons of insulating rock. We were in Cappadocia, here to see the famous Whirling Dervishes. I knew little about them, aside from that song “Maria” in The Sound of Music, where singing nuns complain that Maria could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl. I remember wondering what this meant but never bothered to find ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face at the bakery Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Another friendly face at the store… Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Driving by Main St School, balloons from Make a Wish and JDRF waved… a nice surprise. Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… The barber rocked his animal print customer cover today. “Today is life – the ...

What a Crock!

"Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last." While this advice may have made Simon and/or Garfunkel feel groovy, I don't really see the appeal of lollygagging. I mean, really, multi-dawdling is not going to get kids to school, appointments met, emails checked, blogs blogged. When my daughter is trying to stall for time, she quotes the aphorism: "Slow and steady wins the race"--I have no idea what TV show she learned that from; however, ...

Learn How to Make Chocolate Flowers!

Nothing says Christmas quite like chocolate! People love to give and receive chocolate. It’s the perfect no-fuss, no hassle gift. In fact, during the holiday season, retailers sell more boxed chocolates than any other time of the year. But you know what’s better than boxed chocolate? Chocolate flowers, flowers that are made with delicious, mouthwatering chocolate! It sounds fancy, but this video tutorial from www.howtocookthat.net will show you how easy it can be to make your own chocolate flowers: Materials: rolling pin or ...

Fresh Flowers, from a vending machine?

You have to admit, it’s a novel idea. Just pop your credit card in the vending machine, choose a bouquet and voila! You have a ready made bouquet to give to a loved one… In Shanghai, China an entrepreneur has created the worlds first floral vending machine. They have been in operation at 2 metro stations for just over a month now & no, they have not been very successful so far. Each machine holds 12 bouquets and boxes of flowers. The ...

Owl Puff

I knit an owl tonight!  I actually did for a group at Ravelry, Hogwarts at Ravelry.  You guessed, I'm a closet Harry Potter nerd. I'm only now reading the books.  I'm on the fifth on in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."  It's a bit dragging, but is picking up.  Overall, I'm adoring the series. As a part of the group, you can knit/crochet your school supplies, including your pet.  Here's the owl I whipped up tonight. Cute, huh?

How Relevant Is Creativity

How relevant is creativity to you? There is so much talk about creativity these days, it has become the latest buzz word. First, everyone was on about innovation and now they are swinging the creativity axe. Some businesses are even beginning to have creative think tanks and the more forward thinking ones are scheduling time for honing creativity skills, as they realize that a. Creativity drives Innovation – and b. That to keep up commercially these days requires Innovation in a market that is ...

Emotions In Art

Emotions In Art Emotions In Art -Did you know that expressing your feelings is a way towards abstraction. Many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to doing an abstract painting. They often struggle with the concept of abstract art because they feel it doesn’t represent anything for them.  But what if your abstraction was to include a relationship to a feeling? You need some place to start if you are unfamiliar with the abstraction process. It is easier to get going ...

fueling the fauna & flora...

 with rain. yesterday afternoon dark clouds started rolling in. we heard a light drizzle on the skylights and metal roof... then all of a sudden, a loud crack of thunder and the sky opened up! it hasn't stopped. Never run in the rain with your socks on. ~Greenday can you feel my guilt?   if i could send this rain to other parts of the country... other parts of  the world...where they're in desperate need...you know i would!  where i live in north central florida we have only hit the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Magnolia

Magnolia, is a genus consisting of over 200 species of evergreen flowering trees and shrubs.  They are commonly found in North America and southeast Asia. Magnolias are popular ornamental plants  grown for their showy fragrant flowers and dark green, leathery leaves. Interestingly, magnolia flowers don’t have true petals and sepals, but tepals, petal-like structures.  The flowers come in shades of white, pink, purple and red and bloom in the spring and summer. The magnolia also produces a reddish-brown cone-like fruit in ...

Cat Sweater

A while ago, one of my doctors asked me knit her cat Kashmir, a seal point Siamese, a sweater.  I finally found the time to knit said cat sweater.  It looks sort of sad and pathetic here, but I hope that kitty gets to strut around in his new duds. The neck may seem skinny, but it's in ribbing as a mock turtleneck.  It has two holes for the front legs, and a nice, rounded out area for the chest.  I ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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After Holiday Sales

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After all the countdowns, markdowns, and breakdowns, Christmas is behind us for a year. You would think that shopping would be the last thing anyone would want to do. WRONG! According to the people that track this sort of statistic tell us that the day after Christmas nearly rivals Black Friday. So why doesn’t this …

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Unique Vases

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Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! But there is no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to do your holiday shopping. And to help you, here are some fun and unique vases for the flower lover/gardener in your life. Hanging Light Bulb Vases Made from recycled light bulbs, these vases would look charming …

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Christmas Shopping

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I have started my Christmas shopping, but that’s not the type of shopping I’m talking about. Deb stopped over last night. She not only wanted to visit, but to peruse my knitted wares for Christmas shopping. How sweet of her is that?! We went through my FO’s and she selected some items for her family, and …

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Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

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I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised …

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Is it really about Thanksgiving? or “Why I’m boycotting ‘Black Friday’…”

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Well, the Season to be thankful has began, and its greatest day is already here. Thanksgiving day is all about family, friends, cooking, sharing, enjoying each other’s company and football! Be Thankful. It’s the word for the Season. “Thanks. And a whole lot more.” That said, I think I just got tired of being bombarded by the commercialism associated …

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